As I have previously written, the FBI’s Special Counsel Robert Mueller III who led the 22 month Trump-Russia probe, had been assigned an investigative task which had been very limited in scope as to what he was permitted to examine. He had been operating under instructions to determine if the republican President Donald Trump, his family members and those close to him in the campaign of 2016-2017 had been directly involved in Russia’s attack on the US 2017 presidential elections infrastructure and if there’s sufficient evidence that would rise to a probable conviction in a court of law to justify criminally charging any of them, with the standard being, ‘guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.’ Mr. Mueller has decided that the answer is NO.
The FBI’s Mueller investigation has led to the indictments of his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, his former national security adviser General Mike Flynn, his friend and sub rosa political adviser Roger Stone, his former personal attorney Michael Cohen for more than a decade, Russian entities and operatives directly involved in Russia’s all out attack on the 2016 US presidential election’s infrastructure on multiple fronts.
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In summary, President Trump’s constant mantra of ‘no collusion’ is equivalent to the judicial definition of conspiracy. Mr. Mueller could not produces sufficient evidence that would meet the ‘ beyond a reasonable doubt’ standard to indict President Trump, his family members with conspiring directly with Russia in its unprovoked all out-no holds bar war on the US 2016 elections’ infrastructure.
But then there’s the question that remains unresolved in my mind. That’s because Mr. Mueller’s report does not fully address the crux of why the American public should continue to question President Trump’s involvement in all things Russia when it comes to his implementation of foreign policy decisions because of his long term financial ties to Russia going back decades. Just like anyone is beholden to the Mafia bosses if they’ve most of his/ her financial dealings with their lieutenants, anyone who’s dependent on Russian monies would have an allegiance to that country. Russia is well known to be run like a mobster’s organization.
Let’s put it this way. No one with the history of the president’s past/ current financial dealings with Russia and other foreign governments would pass the most basic FBI security background check that would qualify him to be hired at any job level of the US government. But this is who the GOP leaders vouched for and backed to have him become the 45th US president.
As per a 5/29/18 Vice report, “How Putin’s Russia Became Mafia Heaven” by Seth Ferranti, tells the “Inside the long, strange story of organized crime taking over the former Soviet Union—and how Russia tamed it only to unleash it on the West.”
“Thanks to insider contacts on the ground in Russia, Galeotti—who has written for VICE in the past—embarked on a project 30 years in the making. The Vory: Russia’s Super Mafia, out Tuesday from Yale University Press, is the result. Galeotti digs into the origins of Russia’s notorious vor-v-zakone (thief-in-laws), explores their rise in concert with the collapse of the USSR, investigates how their values and practices have influenced modern-day Russia, probes how Putin has kept them in check, and touches on what ties, if any, President Trump might have to this vast underworld.”
This is why the question as to, ‘how does President Trump’s financial ties to Russia, dating back decades, compromise his ability to act solely in the best interests of US national security interests versus Russia’s objectives,’ requires further oversight.
Remember President Trump’s words around March 2018 when he was asked if investigating his finances would be a “red line,” and he responded that it would be.
There’s a reason why the president’s attorneys have shown more concern over the SDNY investigations than Mr. Mueller’s inquiry.
That question isn’t fully addressed in the 3/22/2019 FBI’s Mueller report as Mr. Mueller had been constrained by the limitations imposed on him regarding the parameters/ rules of what he was allowed to investigate. But this is where the SDNY, the US Southern District of New York court system takes over, as they can go where Mr. Mueller couldn’t, to determine an answer to this question, has President Trump’s strong financial ties compromised his ability to act solely in US best national security interests versus that of Russians?
This why I’m convinced that the FBI’s counter-intelligence investigation that was opened around July 2017 regarding his ties to Russia is still on-going. And this is why I’m believing that the SDNY Southern District of New York US Attorneys’ offices is where the investigation into President Trump being possibly compromised because of his strong financial ties to Russia and other foreign entities, belongs.
Incidentally, the attorney Audrey Strauss was recently promoted in the SDNY prosecutors’ offices to oversee this part of the probe into President Trump’s suspect financial dealings.
Audrey Strauss (71 years old) is none other than one of the prosecutors, who bested Roy Cohn and Donald Trump in a 1973 case when the Justice Department was suing the Trumps for not renting to black people. Donald Trump had hired (Roy) Cohn, a NY attorney “who represented NY power brokers, from the Yankees owner George Steinbrenner to the mob boss Carlo Gambino,” to represent the Trump family in this matter. Roy Cohn who became a mentor to Donald Trump, had also become famous for having been Senator McCarthy’s second hand man in the 1950’s McCarthy US Congressional hearings.
See Courthouse News Service: Lawyer Who Bested Roy Cohn Tapped for Big Gig in SDNY